Date: 3rd July 2018 at 7:00am
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Jack Fitzwater has spoken of how he feels his loan spells away from West Bromwich Albion in the season of 2017/18 have helped turn him from a ‘boy’ into a ‘man’ and the centre-half is now backing himself to take a first-team place under Darren Moore as we prepare for life back in the Championship this season.

With pre-season well underway and the players heading back to the training ground on Sunday following the end of Portugal training camp, Fitzwater was looking to be another one of the youngsters who makes their mark on the first-team this year as Albion look to rebuild.

Speaking to with plenty of concern amongst the fanbase given recent developments and lack of developments at the club in recent times, the 20-year-old explain that he felt he was well placed now to stake a claim for a starting spot.

Having come through our Academy and had previous stints at Hednesford Town and Chesterfield, he made a further step up last season taking in more games and scoring goals for Forest Green Rovers and Walsall. He now has over 50 senior appearances to his name and he’s looking for that to continue under Moore.

“I was out on loan at Forest Green and Walsall and I learnt a lot from my time at both clubs last season. I had highs and lows, but I guess that’s what the game of football is all about. At Forest Green I wasn’t a regular in the team. I was more of an in and out player. Then I managed to get a solid of run of games in and I learnt a lot. That probably stood me in good stead for my time at Walsall.”

He went on to speak about his time at Walsall where the pressure was constantly on when it came to results and he felt that has helped him kick on even more and grow mentally as well as physically. His aim for this season is to get his debut and then add as many games as he can to his tally.

Walsall fans are adamant that we should be giving him a shot this year, and West Brom fans are delighted to hear that.